Monday, June 17, 2013

Swim Lesson Fail

Liam's first swim lesson was a complete disaster!

Brian and I have been wanting to get Liam into swim lessons for quite a while now, we just could never get it to work with our work schedules. But now that school is out and I'll be home for an extended period of time we jumped at the chance to sign him up.

Swim lessons are important to us because we do not have a pool or has access to one so Liam's water experience is limited. When our new house is finished we will have a pool so we want Liam to understand pool safety and be able to enjoy the pool.

I talked to Liam about going to swim lessons all week. He was excited, turns out he thought we were going to a friends house who has a pool and he was going to get to play with some toys he enjoys there.

We walked into Little Otter's Swim School, he was still excited. "Look! There's a big blue pool". And then we checked in at the front desk. When asked if we were there for his first swim lesson he told the lady "no, I don't need to go in the water".
This continued while I was trying to help ( read: force) him to change. 20 minutes if arguing and tears in the changing room later I convinced him to just come sit and watch the other lessons with me. Good thing we came early.

Somehow when it was his turn I got him out on the pool deck without an opposition... Until he was asked to sit on the edge. I ended up having to hand him to the instructor, who walked around in the water with him, as he clung to her to dear life, before she was able to sit him on the edge of the pool, feet in the water, for the rest of the class.

I know his water experience is very limited, so yes it will take him a while to warm up to the idea. This was just so stressful for me, I don't want to force him into an activity he doesn't want to do, but we do see this as more of a necessity than a choice activity.

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  1. Deja vu, Dawn. Our grandson, Owen, HATED the water when our daughter and son-in-law put in a pool. His mom had to carry him around the pool and his feet couldn't even touch the water! It took some time and now at age 5, he IS an otter! Hang it there - it will happen.

  2. Am I a terrible cousin if this made me giggle a little? I'm sorry it stressed you out though!

    1. Totally okay! He will learn to love the pool I am sure.